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Scouting in 2018 will make a positive impact in our communities; prepare young people to be active citizens; embrace and contribute to social change.


Scouting in 2018 will be shaped by young people in partnership with adults; enjoyed by more young people and adult volunteers; as diverse as the communities in which we live.


Members of Scouting in 2018 will feel empowered, valued and proud.


   Nathan, Group Scout Leader


We believe that Scouting changes lives, which is why we want every young person in the UK to have the opportunity to be involved. Today we have 434,000 youth members supported by 130,000 volunteers.


By 2018:

We will have 500,000 young people.

They will be supported by 150,000 volunteers.

How will we continue to grow?

We’ll develop a new strategy for opening new Units, Groups and sections; ensuring all Groups have Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

We’ll improve retention between, and within, sections.

A high quality programme is key to growth, so a revamped programme will be launched in 2015.

We’ll recruit new volunteers by reinforcing messages around flexible volunteering, targeting key groups such as parents and former youth members, and reaching out to 18–25 year olds.

What does this mean for…

…my Area, Region or County?

HQ will give you local and benchmarking data as well as practical support to help you develop and implement a plan to achieve your own growth goals and support Districts.

…my District?

Your County Commissioner will work with you to ensure you can open the appropriate number of sections per year.

…my Group?

Your District Commissioner will support you to ensure you have at least three active sections.

…my section?

Your Group Scout Leader will work with you to ensure young members are not being lost between, or within, sections and that you are delivering an amazing programme.

…youth members?

Recruit a new friend to join your section every year, telling them how amazing Scouts is and the impact it has had on your life.


We need to remove barriers to participation. 


By 2018:

Scouting will be present and sustainable in 200 of the most deprived parts of the UK.

Scout Groups will have more than four girls in each section.

Scouting will continue to welcome disabled, LGBT, black and minority ethnic members.

Scouting will be seen as open to people from all backgrounds by the general public. 

How will we become more inclusive?
We’ll undertake development work and leverage support from key opinion formers to ensure Scouting is present and sustainable in the most deprived areas of the UK.

We’ll support volunteers to identify and remove barriers to Scouting.

Partnerships will be established with key organisations to provide expertise and advice on issues including disability and sexual orientation.

We’ll improve the diversity of volunteers in senior leadership positions.

What does this mean for…

…my Area, Region or County?

With fundraising and public affairs support from HQ, identify an area of deprivation and develop a plan to ensure Scouting is present and sustainable there.

…my District?

Will be supported to recruit and retain leaders from diverse backgrounds.

…my Group?

Will be encouraged to work towards having at least four girls per section.

…my section?

Ensure that all young people feel welcome regardless of their faith, gender or background. Equally, money should not be a barrier to joining Scouting.

…youth members?

Talk about your positive Scouting experiences with your friends; mention the different kinds of people you meet at Scouts.


Every young person should be able to shape their Scouting experience. 

By 2018:
80% of young people will be able to say they shape Scouting, feel listened to and are taken seriously.

80% of Young Leaders will have the opportunity to develop their skills and have a positive impact on Scouting.

80% of adults will help young people to shape their Scouting.

How will Scouting be shaped by young people?
Practical support will be given for leaders to empower young people through the programme.

Young people will be offered skills development opportunities to shape their Scouting.

We’ll appoint a Youth Commissioner to ensure that young people have a voice at the most senior level of The Scout Association.

National and local youth councils will be established to make real decisions that shape Scouting’s future.

A digital youth strategy will identify new ways in which young people can shape what we do.

What does this mean for…

…my Area, Region or County?

Ensure that young people are at the heart of your County/Area/Region strategies and represented on key committees; consider developing a youth council.

…my District?

Ensure young people are represented in a meaningful way on District teams and are actively influencing District plans.

…my Group?

Check young people are represented in the Group Executive and that you promote the Young Leaders’ Scheme.

…my section?

Ensure that you hold regular consultations with young people in the form of Network and Unit discussions, Patrol Leaders’ forums, Sixers’ meetings and Beaver ‘log chews’.

…youth members?

Have your say about what you do in Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers or Network; and if you are 14 or over, think about becoming a Young Leader.


We believe Scouting makes a difference to individuals and to society. Our members take action in the service of others, but we want to do more. 


By 2018:

8,000 quality community impact projects will be delivered per annum. 

70% of the public will see Scouting as ‘relevant to modern society’.

How will we have a greater community impact?
By delivering resources and training to develop young people as community leaders – locally, nationally and internationally.

Community impact will be intrinsic to the programme through a staged Community Impact Award.

National partnerships will be brokered to enable Scouts to make a positive impact on specific social issues, which have been determined by young people.

We will undertake research and measure our impact on communities.

What does this mean for…

…my Area, Region or County?
Broker a partnership between local Scouting and one of our national community impact partners.

…my District?
Arrange for your local MP or Council representatives to visit one community impact project per year.

…my Group?
Start or continue one community impact project with your Group every year.

…my section?
Work with the other sections in your Group to start or continue one community impact project per year.

…youth members?
Earn all four stages of the Community Impact Award as you progress through Scouting.